Rotax Max championships take shape at Buckmore
Jenson Butterfield took fastest in TQ over Tom Canning and Alex Lloyd, Butterfield going forward to win both heats and both finals, total domination in both wet and dry. Lloyd had to fight hard against Canning to keep his 2nd place in the first final, Canning even managing to go into the lead momentarily. A total of seven drivers took 10s penalties for displaced front fairing, the highest being Finlay Bunce from 5th.
They must have learnt for the second final as only one driver was caught out. This was more processional with Butterfield marginally ahead of Lloyd and Canning with Lorcan Hanafin leading the next group.
Butterfield leads the points with a 33 gap to Jonny Edgar who had a subdued day clocking a 5th and 6th.
Jonathan Hoggard and Myles Apps won the heats, Joe Turney having been fastest in the time trials over Hoggard. From pole Apps took up the lead of the first final but eventually had to give best to Rory Hudson and had to retrieve 2nd from Mark Kimber and Hoggard. Tommy Foster came up to 3rd with a couple of laps to run.
In the second final Tyler Chesterton powered up from 7th on the grid to win after a trade with Hudson and Axel Charpentier. The latter went out and Kimber was excluded for driving standards. Foster also retired from 3rd. That all left Hoggard then Apps on the 3rd podium position after winning an appeal with Joe Turney’s 5th putting him 2nd to Hoggard in the points standings.
Sam Baker topped the qualifying with eventual winner Josh Collings only 7th, Charlie Turner and Jack McCarthy winning the heats. Starting 4th Collings was soon into 2nd as Josh White went out, McCarthy also dropping right back from 2nd. Midrace the lead was in Collings hands from Turner, James Johnson holding 3rd throughout.
For the second final Collings and Johnson were nose to tail all the way with McCarthy arrowing up to 3rd and putting Turner back to 5th.
Collings is only nine points behind McCarthy in the points table.